I am the one in eight

It seems like the statistics have gotten worse for breast cancer but it is quite the opposite they are now finding more breast cancer with the 3D imaging because it can detect much smaller cancers.

One in every eight women will get breast cancer I am that one.

In mid-November, I had a 3D screening mammogram with 2D images. I got a call saying that they needed to do a diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound due to suspicion of a mass.

I did this the following week. The radiologist came into the room afterward and he told me it was breast cancer but said it looked like there was no node involvement. He said a biopsy would be needed.

I was NOT prepared for this at all.

I had to schedule a biopsy the 3rd week and it showed invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) which means a breast cancer that started in the ducts of the breast and spread outside into the breast tissue that is what makes it invasive. Mine was considered a grade 2 which means intermediate not the dormant type but not the overly aggressive type.

My surgery was December 29th. I would be having a lumpectomy and a sentinel node biopsy. The sentinel node biopsy is to be sure it has not spread to the lymph nodes. They injected the blue dye and tracer for this procedure before my surgery.

I had ZERO pain with this surgery and I was super glued together for both incisions. They have proven there is better healing, less scarring and fewer complications using the glue over stitches or staples.

He took out the tumor and 3 margins around the tumor as well as 6 lymph nodes. There are certain cancers that can only be seen with a microscope and they do not show up on the scans.

The tumor biopsy results are back I met with the surgeon yesterday. Tomorrow I meet with the oncologist. It looks like my treatment plan has changed and become a little bit more complicated.

I will post more after I see the oncologist.

I wanted to share my experience with this in the hopes I  might help someone else.

In the meantime, I will FIGHT LIKE A GIRL!

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Have a great New Year

2017 has been quite a year for me I’ve had to realize that somethings in life change and are never the same again.

When you surround yourself with positive, caring and loving people your life will always be better.

Most of all I have had some really big obstacles to overcome that I have not blogged about yet but I will be blogging about them soon.

I have a great outlook on life and the future and I hope I can inspire others to do the same. We have to live each day to it’s fullest and never let anyone drag you down.

Happy New Years everyone and may this year be bright and wonderful for us all.

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Thirty nine years

Today 39 – years ago my husband and I were married.

We have raised four children, two boys, and two girls.

We have seven grandchildren. Two boys and five girls.

Life moved along so fast with the children and we were busy all the time with their activities. Sometimes it felt like there was no time to even breathe.

I love our life, our home and the time we have spent together. I love our projects we tackle that keep us so busy and challenge us.

The last anniversary picture I did was at 35 years so I might do another one.

Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband I love you forever and always.

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath

Using the tan colored coffee filters, a flat styrofoam wreath and some hot glue I was able to create this beautiful wreath.

I poked a writing pen into the styrofoam then I added hot glue to the hole twisted the end of the filter and poked it in. I did burn my fingers a lot so be careful.

I attached some burlap ribbon for hanging it.

This was a 14″ wreath and it took about 200 filters. Buy more than you will think you will need because you have to do the outside of the front, the front and the middle inside just not the back.

I had less than 2 hours in the project and it is like a big pile of ruffles.

I truly enjoy making stuff that does not take me forever to do.

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Dolphins and ships

Dolphins have always intrigued me.

I love watching them swim in front of ships as though they are surfing the wave. It is their way to get a free ride and glide without having to put in much effort into it.

It seems a little bit dangerous but what do I know.

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